t's been a few months since I bought my Garmin forerunner and it's pretty much been part of my active life since.
It's still pretty much a wuss like when it comes to water and a few times I've reacted frantically after getting it slightly wet which, in hindsight, is not a reaction I like when it comes to watches.
I don't like mother watches too much. Well having said that I love this time piece to bits. It's so jam packed with technology I almost drool after 3 minutes fidgeting with it. I can forgive it for it's catlike dislike for water by it's technical brilliance. Running with it is awesome, doing anything for that matter is awesome - it looks great, it looks like it can pack a punch and it also looks modest.
While running it makes it real easy to see everything you want, it allows for information to scroll into view every 2 or 3 seconds. This is great because there is so much magic data available to you while running that you want to see it but don't want to squint, so scrolling pages of different data is great. Of course, you can configure that.
Also what is great is the automatic stopwatch pauses when you stop running - no more stopping your watch to tie your shoe laces. Just do it and the watch stops automatically, start running again and it'll start again. I like that, that's practical.
It uses the GPS to know how fast I'm traveling, or if I'm stopped, what speed I average or currently achieve. It shows my distance and beeps every km which is also brilliant as it makes a lap for every km, which you can configure too. The touch sensitive area is cool and it works but no matter the watch, I prefer not to fiddle while running and so the auto scroll feature fit me completely.
Another great feature of this Garmin is ease that all the stats you have available to you can be wirelessly sucked up to my Mac and net is genius. I really don't worry about worry about transferring data, it's just so easy. Obviously when they designed the watch, someone must have got irritable with how being a runner means spending half the time running, configuring your watch and uploading stats. It's really is so easy, and you get quality stats too - either through Garmin connect where you can also share your activities to twitter and other services, plan your runs, goals and follow your route through google maps.
It obviously records heart rate but also altitude, speed/pace and more - it's really a great experience combined with what you need and that which you don't is just so cool that you have it!
I like that it's a temporary watch meaning it has to be charged up and used for 8 hours. Because that means I don't wear it all the time(like people who wear running watches all the time like they got a point to prove) it's got it's particular need and for me it's running and time device while in the gym.
It's also very light and subtle - again a modest thing packed with dynamite. The heart rate chest strap talks nicely to the watch and I've had no problems with it. I don't use the GPS as much as I could but one time a got lost and told the watch to take me home - I saved my GPS location at home - and it brought me straight back with a compass interface - that alone payed for itself. It really is the only watch I need.
As for someone else...I don't know, maybe some of the things aren't a match for some runners especially maybe triathalon runners due to the fact that its a no swim watch or maybe that it has a 8 hour battery charge limit? Who knows but I like it :-)
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